Ubisoft cools off on NFTs and blockchain, says it is in ‘analysis mode’

Yves Guillemot, the CEO of French gaming large Ubisoft seems to have cooled the rhetoric behind the corporate’s NFT gaming venture Quartz, noting in a current interview that it was merely in “analysis mode” regarding Web3 tech integrations.

It’s a comparatively totally different take from different Ubisoft execs previously, together with chief monetary officer Frédérick Duguet who in October acknowledged that blockchain integrations will allow customers to personal and earn content material and the agency desires to “be one of many key gamers right here.”

Throughout a Sept. 10 interview with gamesindustry.biz, Guillemot seems to be strolling a few of these feedback again, emphasizing that at this stage, Ubisoft is primarily seeking to uncover how NFTs may be utilized to video games and whether or not they may profit avid gamers or not.

“We’re very a lot on cloud, on the brand new era of voxels, and we’re taking a look at all of the Web3 capabilities. We examined a couple of issues lately which are giving us extra info on how it may be used and what we should always do within the universe of video video games,” he mentioned, including that:

“So we’re testing floor with some video games, and we’ll see in the event that they actually reply the gamers’ wants. However we’re nonetheless in analysis mode, I might say.”

Ubisoft introduced its first foray into NFTs in December, after launching a beta model of Ubisoft Quartz, geared toward providing avid gamers playable NFTs that could possibly be utilized in video games similar to Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint.

The transfer was met with sturdy pushback from some members of the NFT-hating gamer neighborhood, with some accusing the agency of “milking” each cent attainable out of its common recreation franchises by introducing NFTs into the combination.

Nicolas Pouard, the vp at Ubisoft’s Strategic Improvements Lab defended the corporate’s NFT efforts in January, stating: “I believe avid gamers do not get what a digital secondary market can deliver to them.”

Reflecting on Ubisoft’s NFT rollout, Guillemot says the agency in the end didn’t talk the corporate’s method to the venture successfully sufficient.

“We most likely weren’t good at saying we’re researching,” he mentioned, including that “we should always have mentioned we had been engaged on it, and when we now have one thing that provides you an actual profit, we’ll deliver it to you.”

The Ubisoft CEO was additionally questioned in regards to the environmental impacts of blockchain tech, one thing which is commonly highlighted by avid gamers who usually confuse energy-intensive Proof-of-Work (PoW) chains because the business commonplace for all tasks.

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Guillemot famous that whereas he’s “very cautious” in regards to the environmental impacts of the sector, he’s optimistic that these points can be ironed out over time.

“Like so many issues, at the start it is not so good as it could possibly be, however like different new applied sciences they may discover the precise approach.”